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or they were the agent of a foreign power. in the case of al-qaeda and the taliban if you could show that an individual was a member of al-qaeda or taliban then there may be some legal grounds to detain them and try them as an enemy combatant rather than in federal court. but this is masked in legal clothing. it's not actually a legal argument, and we shouldn't confuse these two things. the argument they're making is we should presume from the beginning that any incident involving islamic militancy is some how tied into al-qaeda. as i said, i've done research on this region and this particular conflict for 15 years. while the militants in chechnya have adopted al-qaeda ideology the connection is very slim and they have very different objectives that are very local very parochial and have a lot of to do with russia and very little to do with the united states. >> john: i agree and you're characterizing that as a political approach is profoundly diplomatic. scholar and attorney, christopher swift, thank you for coming tonight. >> thank you. >> john: thank you. one good thing may come o
of the implement itself, a pressure cooker is more commonly used in those countries than in places like iraq. al-qaeda refers to it in their recruiting website to inspire others. it's simple. a pressure cooker, the purpose of a device like a pressure cooker, the reason why you would need a device like this because a slow-burning--something that does not detonate, it doesn't--it literally explodes. it only explodes when it's in a contained vessel, and the gas has overwhelmed the vessel and then turns that vessel into shrapnel. the pressure cooker is a poor man's way of putting the explosive in, locking the top on and now you have a vessel for the explosive. >> john: i'm sure you're confused as the rest of us was about the amount of confusion today. is it possible that law enforcement deliberately put out false information about an arrest to flush out suspects? >> it certainly could be done. one of the big units involved in a case like this, and every major case is the behavioral analysis down in quantico. my brother is from that unit, and they're directly involved in directing the investigators of how
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